Jun 13, 2010

McCavity Award Nominees for Best Mystery 2010

Mystery Readers International has announced its nominees for Best Mystery 2010, in four categories. Here are the books and authors chosen:

Best Novel

Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster)

Necessary As BloodTower by Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman (Busted Flush Press)

Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie (Wm. Morrow)

Nemesis by Jo Nesbo, translated by Don Bartlett (HarperCollins)

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Shanghai Moon: A Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Novel (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novels)

The Shanghai Moon by S.J. Rozan (Minotaur)

Best First Novel

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (Delacorte)

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce MysteryRunning from the Devil by Jamie Freveletti (Wm. Morrow)

A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield (Minotaur)

The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville (Soho Crime)

A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn (Picador)

Best Nonfiction

L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City by John Buntin (Random House: Harmony Books)

Talking about Detective Fiction by P.D. James (Alfred A. Knopf)

Rogue Males: Conversations & Confrontations About the Writing Life by Craig McDonald (Bleak House Books)

The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives, edited by Otto Penzler (Little, Brown & Co)

Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern ArtProvenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo (Penguin Press)

Dame Agatha's Shorts: An Agatha Christie Short Story Companion by Elena Santangelo (Bella Rosa Books)

Sue Feder Historical

A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell (Forge)

In the Shadow of GothamIn the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff (Minotaur)

A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd (Wm. Morrow)

Serpent in the Thorns by Jeri Westerson (Minotaur)

Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear (Henry Holt)

Best Short Story

"Last Fair Deal Gone Down" by Ace Atkins in Crossroad Blues (Busted Flush Press)

"Femme Sole" by Dana Cameron in Boston Noir (Akashic Books)

"Digby, Attorney at Law" by Jim Fusilli, (AHMM, May 2009)

"Your Turn" by Carolyn Hart in Two of the Deadliest (Harper)

"On the House" by Hank Phillippi Ryan in Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers (Level Best Books)

"The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away" by Marcus Sakey in Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can’t Put Down (Mira)

"Amapola" by Luis Alberto Urrea in Phoenix Noir (Akashic Books).

Haven't read any of these as yet but they're on my list.


  1. Thanks for posting. I have Sweetness...Pie and I forgot Brutal Telling was on my Wishlist.

  2. I have read all the nominees for Best Short Story and my favorite is The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away by Marcus Sakey. It's a deceptively simple story that haunts you long after reading.

  3. Thanks! If I could vote, I'd choose Jo Nesbo's Nemesis for best novel out of all of the others.

  4. Thanks for posting this. I have been on a mystery kick lately so I will have to look up some of these titles.

  5. A Brutal Telling and Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie were both good.

  6. Your link to Jo Nesbo's "Nemesis" is incorrect. This is the right link:



  7. Thanks, Anonymous. I entered in the right link for Nesbo's Nemesis!


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